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Chrysopolis - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Chrysopolis
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87
very good

14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 89
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 28.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy | website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JAHMUR on 02-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 89
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright golden orange color with yellowish-mango hues. Completely still with just a few bubbles rising to the surface. No head or lace to speak of. Nice color but the lack of any foam/head/visible carbonation is disappointing.

Musty, earthy aroma with lactic funk and dry oak countered by light fruit esters and white wine character. Sweaty with cobwebs, damp earth, cheesy funk and a very subtle acetic acid presence. Strong barrel presence in the nose with prominent char and vinous fruit/white wine notes. The oak never becomes overpowering with the sweeter wine, grape and lighter fruit notes balancing things out. Nice balance of funky bugs, estery yeast, acetic acid and barrel. Smells sort of like a gueuze/wine barrel aged American wild ale hybrid.

Medium body that's fuller than expected with a decent amount of soft carbonation which is surprising given how still this beer pours. Tart and slightly puckering but not as sour/funky as the aroma suggests. Some must and lactic funk along with acetic vinegar sweetness that lingers over the oak and sweet vinous notes without becoming unpleasant or solvent-like. The barrel notes really stand out with a decent amount of charred oak and subtle toothpick flavor. Aggressive white wine presence with light grape and vinous fruit complimented by bready yeast and estery apple and pear sweetness. Not overly complex but this beer is light, well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Again, it kind of reminds me of a blend of 2/3 part white wine BA American wild ale and 1/3 part Belgian gueuze. Enjoyable but I probably wouldn't buy it again because of the high price point.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the development of cleaner, crisper, fruitier and brazingly tart sour ales, the old-world charm of the mustier, earthier and much more rustic flavor seem challenging to sour ale appreciators. And that trend is well documented in Del Ducato's unblended lambic that shows more acid that earth.

Chrysopolis pours with a striking champagne character; lightly golden and modest with haze, its carbonation is soft and subtle with a dainty creme of froth. Jaw-tightening aromas strike the nose with with a sharply acidic scent that's off-vinegar but tantalizing with fruit. A moderately earthy nose suggests saddle leather, horse hair, sea brine and weathered cork.

But its taste shies away from such earthiness as the middle palate invites a shockingly sour taste- white wine, cider vinegar, gooseberry, crabapple, sour white grape, under-ripened berry frame a fruity and sour medley. With an ironside finish, the ale captures a saltine balance with damp hay, straw and grassy character from hops and grain.

Light and dry, the ale easily strips the palate of all thirst to ensure a highly refreshing and cleansing flavor and feel. Its brazen acidity provides a piquant astringency that evokes mouthwatering sensations as its spicy sourness teases the tastebuds with its prickle and tang.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have not had many in this style, but this is easily my favorite. Taste is lemon and sour mix. The flavors come together beautifully. Will get this again if I can find it.

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Photo of Villa
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer’s. Served in a wine glass. Very hazy pale orange. Small white head with big bubbles. Strong oak aroma. Lemon acidity. White wine, too. Intensely sour taste. Oak. White wine flavors, too. Stone fruits. Sourness drops off in the finish a little bit. Medium body. Low carbonation. Extremely sour, but not quite too much. Pretty tasty, but a little difficult to drink.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LittleDog
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of regmcgee
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ddedhed
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy (almost cloudy) yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high head consisting of large bubbles that completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has much more in the way of sourness compared to funk. Acidic hints of lemons and vinegar are also perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The tartness becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
O: This beer really grows on you as you drink it—when I first smelled it it seemed like it would be really funky like a gueuze, but the taste was much more sour, helping to mask a good portion of the funk. I would definitely try this beer again if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of miguellunarusso
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Inglewood
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really tart, funky, and delicious. Price point is absurd, but this is a real treat.

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Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Chrysopolis from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.